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$750 Million Not Coming to Houston Because of Metro Referendum

University Line Not Funded

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President Obama’s FY2016 budget for the FHWA does not include any Capital Investment funds for the Houston region, with our only eligible project - the University Line - leaving $750 Million on the table as a result of the 2012 Metro Referendum, according to the project profile provided by the FHWA (pdf):

In November 2012, local voters passed a referendum that requires METRO to continue to dedicate 25 percent of its existing one percent sales tax to local jurisdictions to support pedestrian and street improvements. The referendum limits METRO’s financial capacity to build additional rail expansion projects. As a result, METRO is currently evaluating its financial capacity to implement the University LRT project.

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